The switch on marks the start of Connecting Cambridgeshire’s roll out of fibre broadband in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The first fibre-enabled cabinet to go live was in the rural village of Grafham, near Huntingdon.
The roadside cabinet is one of ten new cabinets around the county being connected to the fibre network that should high-speed broadband benefit residents and businesses in the community.
Other new cabinets going live today include ones in Buckden, Cambridge (Coleridge and Queen Edith’s), Offord D’Arcy, St Ives, Somersham and Whittlesey – extending the existing fibre coverage delivered under BT’s commercial plans. Connecting Cambridgeshire, the organisation tasks with overseeing the project, said the new boxes would be the first of many to follow over the next two years.
On Connecting Cambridgeshre’s Twitter feed, the organisation said that parts of Diddington and Offord Cluny would go live today.
More than 1500 homes and businesses linked to these cabinets will be able to receive faster broadband speeds of 24Mbps and higher before Christmas by upgrading to superfast broadband with their chosen service provider.
Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Councillor Martin Curtis, will cut the ribbon on the new Grafham cabinet on behalf of the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme .
“Our Connecting Cambridgeshire superfast broadband programme has had fantastic support from all over Cambridgeshire and Peterborough,” said Curtis. “We know many people have been eagerly anticipating the first phase of the roll-out since the signing of the contract with BT in March. I am delighted that we have achieved our promise to see our investment start delivering fibre broadband for homes and businesses before the end of this year.”
Bill Murphy, Managing Director of Next Generation Access for BT, said: “It is a fantastic achievement that people in Cambridgeshire are already seeing the benefits of this programme. This investment in fibre broadband will boost the local economy and help to create or protect local jobs both in communities like Grafham and across the whole of Cambridgeshire. It will be of enormous benefit to local businesses which can use the faster speeds to improve their competitiveness both within the UK and abroad.”
The switch on comes after a deal with done between Cambridgeshire County Council and BT to enable 98 per cent of premises across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to access superfast broadband.